Larry Jeffers DeWane

Born on September 18, 1925

Departed on March 22, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Larry Jeffers DeWane was born September 18, 1925 in Wolf Point, Montana to the late Dr. Joseph and Harriet DeWane (née Jeffers). He died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on March 22, 2016, at the age of 90.

At 17, he enlisted in the Navy during WWII, serving as a diver in the Seabees. After receiving his honorable discharge, he graduated from Marquette University and later earned a law degree from Nashville Y.M.C.A. Night Law School. He practiced law in Nashville until his retirement.

Throughout his life, Larry supported politicians and organizations that championed social justice. He served as an alternate delegate from Montana to the historic 1948 Democratic convention in Philadelphia. He was a life-long Catholic and a member of St. Ann Church. He was a devout Predator’s fan and an avid supporter of NPR. He loved his family, his gardens and was an enthusiastic bird watcher. He was easily recognized by his sparkling blue eyes, his bass voice, laughing smile and signature bow tie.

Larry is survived by his wife, Bertie (née Hamilton) of Nashville, his children, Dr. Joseph C. DeWane, Martha (James Wier) DeWane, Sarah (Douglas) Mabry, Rachel (Mark) Petrie, Edward (Melanie) DeWane and Bertie’s children, Troy (Michelle) Wilkerson, Kelly (Ron Lavella) Wilkerson, and Christopher Branch. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lander, grandson Brandon Whitley, brother Lynas DeWane and sister Patricia Webster (née DeWane). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry’s memory to St. Ann Catholic Church, 5105 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209.

The Funeral Service will be conducted on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 11:00am, at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm, and on Friday from 10:00am until the service time at 11:00am

Interment will take place on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, AT 2:00PM, at the Middle TN Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike; online guestbook (615) 352-9400.

16 Comments to Mr. Larry Jeffers DeWane

  1. Betty Shelby
    March 22, 2016 11:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words except Larry was a great person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Connie & Victor Harvey
    March 23, 2016 12:41 am

    Bertie and family, I know your loss great. Our prayers are with you all.

  3. Lisa Trimble
    March 23, 2016 2:47 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you Bertie and to all family….may his memory be eternal……

  4. Stacy Downey
    March 23, 2016 7:38 am

    A man who truly made the world a better place. Our hearts are with you Bertie and Family.

  5. Terrie Trimbach
    March 23, 2016 10:32 am

    Bertie & Family,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of a great person in your lives. A soul that is irreplaceable, but someone who touched many lives including you Bertie. My heart especially goes out to you, knowing from my own loss how very hard it is to go on without that beautiful and special person in your life. May God send comfort and love to all of you at this sad time.
    Terrie Trimbach

  6. Dcn Edwaard & Myrna
    March 23, 2016 10:40 am

    Our love and prayers to all.
    Memory Eternal!

  7. Bonnie Harrison
    March 23, 2016 12:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Janet Kurasz
    March 23, 2016 3:54 pm

    God, thank you for holding Larry in your loving arms; please envelop Bertie with the peace and love that we only find in You. Amen.

  9. Leigh Ann
    March 23, 2016 6:24 pm

    To my dear friend Bertie, I’m so sorry for Larry’s passing. He was such a good & sweet man. Please know I’m here for you if you need anything at all. Love, Leigh Ann

  10. Jan McEver
    March 23, 2016 11:10 pm

    Bertie I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Larry was a dear sweet man who is loved by many and will be greatly missed. God’s peace be with you all and may Larry’s Memory be Eternal➕

  11. Darcy Minkos
    March 24, 2016 7:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Yal are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Nancy Webster
    March 24, 2016 10:44 am

    Hugs, Bertie. We journeyed together, as did our loved ones. See you tomorrow!

  13. Betty Stone
    March 24, 2016 11:32 am

    Bertie –

    I am so sorry about Larry. He was a special man. Thinking about you all!


  14. lee.h.carson
    March 25, 2016 5:22 pm

    Dear Bertie. Well, the voice of God has been stilled. That voice was unforgettable,as was Larry.May his memory be eternal,really! lee c.

  15. lee.h.carson
    March 25, 2016 5:25 pm

    Dear Bertie, Well the voice of God has been silenced. That voice was unforgettable,as was Larry, May his memory be eternal! Really!

  16. Tiffany Crosby
    March 28, 2016 10:08 am

    Bertie, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I am praying for all of you. You and Larry had the most beautiful smiles any time you were together.

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